This whole thing is insane. Where do they expect people, who are mostly still feeling the effects of a recession, to get the money to pay these things? Maybe they are so insane so that when it's brought down to reality people will be grateful.
"If you're going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh; otherwise they'll kill you."
- attributed to both George Bernard Shaw & Oscar Wilde
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1. Express an opinion.
Does anyone suggest sending in comparables on the block for the appeal? do have an October appraisal. It seems like the exterior of my house is "new" versus average which is why my house is worth $152,000 more than my neighbors who actually do have rehabbed houses. The "new" exterior cannot be the 30 year old windows- could it be the tree or the painted railings?
If (1), I would think that to prove your value is incorrect you could provide: recent* appraisal results, home purchase closing docs if purchased recently*, or sale price of several comps in vicinity. Now, since the data that they relied on was apparently from no later than 2011, I think "recent*" could mean anything from 2009 -2011 in terms of sales.
If (2), I think the only thing you can provide is data (like bedrooms, baths, sq. ft., etc. which you can get from Real Estate, Homes for Sale, MLS Listings, Agents | Redfin) and pictures of comparable properties that were assessed lower than your own. Although, since I'm not entirely sure what criteria they used to determine their rating of house condition, your best bet would be to find some houses that are bigger and based on facade look at least as recent.
So who is going to lead the Tax Revolt?
I am hoping the appraisal from 2012 will be enough. I am also going to include some pictures. (Can I add the AYP scores of my catchment school? ha) The range of prices on my street are insane. The newly rehabbed houses are way lower than mine.
I am not the Jackass Whisperer.
I can't believe how hard 7th to 5th Street in South Philly and Point Breeze are getting hit...how were these property values calculated?
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Does anyone know, going forward, how often we can expect OPA to reassess home values? IOW, individual appeals aside, can we expect our newly assessed values to remain the same for at least a few years? Or can we expect frequent reassessments?
When banks don't pay attention ...
My escrow was reset this month. It's going down a few dollars because of a change in the cost of my homeowner's policy. I think the bank is going to be a little shocked when it gets my (definitely higher) property tax bill.